Monday Monitor: February 22, 2016

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Contact: M’Evie Mead, 314-531-7526 x348, mevie.mead@ppslr.org

Dangerous SB 644 Up For Debate At Any Time

Senate Bill 644 is a targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) law. TRAP laws are designed to sound like reasonable measures to protect patients’ health and safety, but they are medically unnecessary and only serve to make it more difficult to access safe and legal abortion. This measure singles out abortion providers for medically unnecessary hospital privileges mandates, inspection requirements, reporting mandates and burdensome licensure renewal procedures, along with banning fetal tissue donation programs.

Tell your senator to oppose SB 644! Once you’ve taken action, share it with your family and friends and encourage them to contact their senators, too.

When the Senate begins debate, you can listen live on the Senate website and follow along on Twitter with the hashtags #MoLeg and #itsaTRAP. We will be tweeting from@PPMO_Advocates.

Planned Parenthood Testifies in Support of Ban on Shackling Pregnant Prisoners

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence held a hearing last Tuesday on Senate Bill 977, which prohibits corrections officials from shackling pregnant prisoners.

Bill sponsor Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) testified that this practice is dangerous, inhumane and unnecessary. The vast majority of pregnant prisoners have been incarcerated for nonviolent drug crimes — they are not dangerous and they are very low flight risks. Planned Parenthood testified for the measure, citing the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Medical Association, and the World Health Organization, among others, who oppose the practice because it creates serious health risks for the pregnant prisoner and the pregnancy. Shackles increase the risk and severity of falls during pregnancy and can interfere with proper medical care during labor and delivery. The ACLU of Missouri, Empower Missouri, NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, Campaign Life Missouri, and several University of Missouri law students also testified in support of this legislation.

Second Planned Parenthood Lobby Day is Tomorrow

It’s not too late to join us tomorrow! Dozens of Planned Parenthood supporters will travel to Jefferson City to show legislators that their communities support Planned Parenthood and reproductive health. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or you’ve never been to the Capitol, our organizers will prepare you to speak directly to lawmakers in a supportive team environment. Extremist politicians in the Missouri Legislature have filed more than 60 bills since 2014 to cut people off from the reproductive health care they need and deserve. We need you to join us in Jefferson City and tell your legislators: Enough is enough!

Carpools are available from the Kansas City area, the St. Louis area, Springfield, and Columbia. We will meet up in Jefferson City in House Hearing Room 6 at 10 a.m. for briefing and training. If you can’t make it tomorrow, we have three more lobby days scheduled: Wednesday, March 30; Tuesday, April 12; and Thursday, May 5. Mark your calendars and RSVP below!

Attacking The Messenger

A new study shows that unintended pregnancies increased as fewer women were able to obtain long-acting birth control since the Texas legislature removed Planned Parenthood from the state women’s health program in 2013. The study was peer-reviewed and published in one of the world’s most prominent and respected medical journals, the New England Journal of Medicine.

Unable to accept the message that — just as women’s health advocates said it would — this policy restricts women’s access to health care, the Republican champions of this policy have decided to attack the messenger. Texas State Sen. Jane Nelson, an “architect” of the women’s health program and an opponent of Planned Parenthood, is attempting to penalize two Texas Health and Human Services researchers who worked on the report and has successfully forced one long-time state official into early retirement.

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